The story of the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls has become a part of Western lore. Who has not heard about the Bedouin shepherd who threw a rock into a cave, heard a crash, went in to explore, and found the scrolls? The story in that form may be accurate, but it turns out to be something of a simplification. As a matter of fact, much remains unknown about the exact circumstances under which those scrolls were discovered. The story of the discovery at first deals with just one cave; the other ten were located at later times.
About the Author
James C. VanderKam is John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the international team responsible for preserving and translating the Dead Sea Scrolls. His previous books includeThe Dead Sea Scrolls Today and An Introduction to Early Judaism (both Eerdmans).
Peter W. Flint is the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. He has edited or co-edited almost thirty Dead Sea Scrolls for publication, including the Cave 1 Isaiah Scrolls, the Cave 4 Psalms Scrolls, and the translation, The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible. He has authored of numerous books and articles and co-edited a major two-volume study collection (The Dead Sea Scrolls After Fifty Years). Dr. Flint regularly lectures on the Scrolls and related topics at academic conferences andmore popular settings.
“A comprehensive, detailed but readable account of what the scrolls really say.”
-Herschel Shanks, Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review
“This work provides a cap and climax to more than fifty years of research and publication of the Scrolls.”
-David Noel Freedman, Endowed Chair in Hebrew Biblical Studies, University of California San Diego, Editor-in-Chief, Anchor Bible Project
“Eminently readable and reliable...a mine of information and a very useful reference work.”
-John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale University
“A superb introduction to all of the major points...a well-illustrated guide.”
“Comprehensive and up-to-date...an important addition to any collection on the Dead Sea Scrolls.”